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  Myrtle Leah McDonald Page
Sept. 20, 1918
to July 7, 2008
Our mother has gone to be with our Lord and her family on July 7, 2008. She is preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, James Cleveland Page, her second daughter, Patsy Page Smith, her mother, Lucille Shifflet Forman, her father, James Russell McDonald, five sisters and three brothers. She’s also preceded in death by all her husband’s family of one brother, five sisters and his mother and father. Her father’s nickname for Myrtle Leah was “Scotty”.
Myrtle Leah Page was on this earth 89 years and was born in Normagee, Texas. Her family moved to Prairie Hill, outside of Waco, when she was a baby, where she attended school through the 12th grade during the Great Depression.
She was a member of the Prairie Hill United Methodist Church from the time she was a young girl.
She dressed and took her brothers and sisters to church with her, even though times were very hard for all of them. She attended 13 years without missing a Sunday, she would proudly say.
She was a devout Christian and instilled that belief in God and loving faith to all her children and family.
Myrtle owned and operated the Angler’s Inn Restaurant in Kemp during the 1970s. She and husband James moved to Kemp, along with their three daughters, to help build the new Cedar Creek Lake in the summer of 1966.
They bought the old Garfield Moore home and lived in Kemp over 40 years. Daughters Patsy Page and Lucy Page both graduated from Kemp High School. Peggy Page married in 1967 and moved to College Station.
Myrtle Leah is survived by two daughters, Peggy Page Kelly, and Lucy Page, seven grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews.
Services will be held in Kemp at the First United Methodist Church on 9th Street next to her home at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 12, 2008.
There will be a Scottish Wake in her home at 404 East 9th Street in Kemp, where she will lay in state until her funeral, when her life will be celebrated by friends, family and neighbors.
Everyone is invited to visit with her family and enjoy the hospitality of her home on Friday, July 11. The family will be accepting guests until 9 p.m. There is an open invitation to drop by anytime that day, viewing will be from 7-9 p.m., Friday.
Myrtle Leah will be buried in the Kemp Cemetery alongside her husband. There will be a procession to the cemetery for interment and lunch will be served after the service at Mrs. Page’s home.
Mrs. Myrtle Leah Page’s daughters and grandchildren want to especially thank all the physicians, nurses and aides at the Presbyterian Hospital in Kaufman and Trinity Mother Frances Hospital in Tyler for their knowledge and care of our beloved mother.
We want to thank all the EMS drivers for their immediate care of “Ms. Myrtle” and the Kemp Family Pharmacy for all their help and attention to detail.
We also want to thank all the Home Health Care workers that took care of Mr. and Mrs. Page in their home the last years of their lives. You are in our hearts forever. God bless you and yours.

Virgil Elston
Services for Virgil Andrew “Doodle” Elston, 70, were held July 6, 2008, in the Anderson-Clayton Bros. Chapel in Kemp with the Rev. Dub Henry officiating. Interment followed in the Shiloh Cemetery in Kaufman County under the direction of Anderson-Clayton Bros. Funeral Home in Kemp.
Elston was born Feb. 12, 1938, in Kaufman County and died July 4, 2008, in the Corsicana hospital after complications from seizures a week earlier.
Preceding him death were his parents, Virgie Mae Brewer and Dempsie Virgil Elston, and grandson Donnie Lee Elston.
He was raised in the Styx/Peeltown area and attended school in Styx and Kemp.
Story has it he was nicknamed “Doodle Bug” by his father as a result of his tendency to crawl backward as a baby.
He married Barbara Rhodes in Kaufman in 1954, and at that time was a welder at James Tool Company in Dallas, where he remained for the next 30 years.
Survivors include his sons James Glenn Elston and wife Debbie, Axtel, and David Lynn Elston and wife Twaila, Malone; four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; sister Margie Tarpley and husband Jeff, Kemp; other relatives and friends.

Dewey Woods
Services for Dewey Woods, 64, Kemp, were held July 7, 2008, at the Eubank Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Ed Schauer officiating. Burial was in Cedar Creek Memorial Park under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Woods was born Aug. 14, 1943, in Dallas and died July 2, 2008, in Kemp. He was preceded in death by his parents Eva F. and Robert B. Woods, and brothers Bobby and James Woods.
He was a Mason and member of the Mike H. Thomas Lodge No. 1314 of Dallas. Previously of Dallas, he had resided in Kemp for the past 20 years and was a member of the Church of the Nazarene in Gun Barrel City. He was a bus driver for Mabank ISD.
Survivors include his wife Alice Woods, Kemp; sons Brandon Woods and wife Katerah, Mabank; Michael Woods and wife Amanda, Fruitville; and Robert Woods and wife Kristi, Dallas; daughter Melissa Pomroy and husband Chris, Kemp; 12 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; sisters Sue Hammons and husband Bobby, Lewisville; Linda Durbin, Seven Points; and Diane Carter and husband Larry, Perkins, Okla.; brothers Jerry Woods and wife Donna, Duncanville; Ricky D. Woods, Dallas; and Ronnie Woods, Dallas; nieces, nephews, other family members and many friends.
Pallbearers were Ryan Woods, Brandon Woods, Robert Woods, Mike Woods, Michael Woods Jr., Robert Woods Jr. and Chris Pomroy.

Henry Poole
Services for Henry Bonner Poole, 94 of Malakoff, are scheduled for 10 a.m., Thursday, July 10, at the First United Methodist Church, Malakoff.
Zeth Smith and Charles Kimble will officiate under the direction of Tomlinson Funeral Home, Malakoff.
Burial will be in the Malakoff City Cemetery.
He passed away on Tuesday, July 8, at Hospice of East Texas, Tyler.
He was born Sept. 3, 1913 in Guy, Ark. to Norma and James Poole.
He has lived in Malakoff for the past 58 years and was the owner and operator of Poole Gas Company.
He is survived by his wife of more than 71 years, Margaret Derden Poole of Malakoff; son, Johnny and his wife Melinda Poole, Malakoff; daughter Virginia and husband Charles Morman, Malakoff; daughter D’Anna and husband Dr. Paul Wick, Tyler; sisters Bronnie Parton, Malakoff, and Evelyn Wyatt, Lakeland, Fla; brother, Ray Poole, St. Louis, Mo; 10 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren
Pallbearers are Mark Morman, Lance Morman, Steve Wick, Dr. Jeff Wick, Drew Boring, Joshua Reed, and Jon Yoder.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Hospice of East Texas, 4111 University Blvd. Tyler, TX 75701.

Norma Menillo
Services for Norma Menillo, 77, Terrell, were held July 7, 2008, at the Crandall Cemetery in Crandall under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Menillo was born July 13, 1930, in Crandall and died July 5, 2008, in Terrell. She was preceded in death by her husband Dominic Menillo and son Rusty Menillo.
She was an executive secretary. Previously of Dallas, she had resided in Terrell for the past four years and was of the Church of Christ faith. She was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.
Survivors include her son Ralph Menillo and wife Ramona, Austin; daughters Terri O’Connor and husband Mike, Granbury; and Paula Moore and husband Dennis, Kemp; sister Pat Gass, Crandall; 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Joan Moore Platt
A celebration of life for Joan Moore Platt, 67, was held July 6, 2008, at Carroll-Lehr Funeral Home in Athens.
Platt was born May 16, 1941, in Philadelphia, Pa., and died July 3, 2008.
She attended high school in Scarsdale, N.Y., and graduated from Northwestern University, where she met her husband George.
They spent 45 wonderful years together, during which they raised two children and became grandparents to six grandchildren.
She shared her creativity and many talents freely, and her generosity was limitless. She was a fiercely loyal and loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend.
Her constant drive and limitless energy was an inspiration to all who knew her. She was wonderfully creative and enjoyed spending much of her time preparing gourmet meals, decorating and creating handmade, one-of-a-kind items for others.
Although her creations seemed perfect in many ways, she always believed she could improve on anything she did and enjoyed perfecting her improvements with each new creation. She will be deeply missed by all who knew her.
Survivors include her husband George; daughter Jennifer Weir and husband David; son George Platt and wife Christine; sister Carol McCord and her six cherished grandchildren Michelle, Laura, Ryan, Eric, Kevin and Alexander; many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews and dear friends.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the research fund started by the family, inspired by her grandson Kevin’s battle with a rare form of pediatric cancer.
Donations may be made to “The Catholic Foundation with Kevin’s Ewing Sarcoma Fund,” on the memo line, 2316 Dyers Oak Drive, Plano, TX 75074.

Karen MacLaren
A memorial service for Karen Elizabeth Knight MacLaren, 49, Garland, will be held at a later date at Bethel Lutheran Church in Garland under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
MacLaren was born Nov. 13, 1958, in Sewanee, Tenn., and died July 5, 2008, in Garland.
Previously of Duncan, Okla., she had resided in Garland for the past 27 years and was a member of the Bethel Lutheran Church. She graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1981, served as an office manager for dental offices and later taught public school.
Survivors include her husband Robert E. MacLaren, Garland; stepdaughters Amy MacLaren, Chicago, Ill.; Sheri Garber and husband Shawn, Fate; and Alicia Vance and husband Chris, San Jose, Calif.; brother John Knight, Chicago, Ill.; stepbrother Roger Chamberlain and wife Tracy, St. Louis, Mo.; mother and stepfather Erma Chamberlain and husband Pat, Muskogee, Okla.; stepsisters Elizabeth Chamberlain, Oklahoma City, Okla.; and Ann Blocha and husband Andy, Raleigh, N.C.; grandchildren Kate Chamberlain, Elliott Blocha, Shane Garber, Sydney Garber and Austin Vance.
Memorial contributions may be made to Susan G. Komen Foundation, 5005 LBJ Freeway, Suite 250, Dallas, TX 75244.

Merle Gregory Sr.
Services for Merle Wayne Gregory Sr., 58, Mabank, were held July 7, 2008, at Parker-Ashworth Funeral Home in Kaufman. Interment was in Mt. Olive Cemetery in Scurry.
Gregory was born Nov. 21, 1949, to Mildred Walls and Clyde Scott and died July 4, 2008, in a Dallas hospital. He was preceded in death by his parents and a granddaughter, Brittany.
He was raised in the Palmer area and lived in Pleasant Grove and Balch Springs before moving to Mabank in 1991. He was a truck driver.
Survivors include his sons Little Wayne Gregory, Kaufman; David Wayne Cliver, Waxahachie; and Kenny Wayne Brashear; daughters Sherry McCool, Kaufman; Darlene Williams, Seagoville; and Carrie Brashear, Kaufman; brother Danny Joe Scott, Balch Springs; sisters Barbara Ely, Kaufman; and Linda Gonzales, Balch Springs; grandchildren Stormy Gregory, Lindsey Gregory, Lisa Cliver, Dustin Shane McCool, Shayna McCool, Angel Gregory; Savannah Gregory, Jamie Gregory, Justin Gregory, Zachary Musick and Shealyn Reneau.

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